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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Fw: 28th Annual Horizon Awards - Call for nominations

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This FAC update features news about art related events in our community.
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28th Annual Horizon Awards

The Fresno Arts Council (FAC) honors the exceptional contributions of individuals, organizations and businesses with its yearly hosted event called Horizon Awards. This much awaited event started in 1984 to provide recognition to the Fresno community dedicated in the excellence in the arts.
28th Annual Horizon Awards Nominations
You are invited to submit a nomination for the 28th Annual Horizon Award. The Horizon Awards is an evening event honoring the exceptional contributions of individuals, organizations and businesses. The Fresno Arts Council has organized this event since 1984 to provide recognition to the Fresno community dedicated in the excellence in the arts.

The Annual Horizon Awards are given to recognized individuals, organizations and businesses that have made significant contributions toward the enrichment of life in the Fresno community through the excellence in the Arts.
This award is given to artists representing the visual, performing or literary arts whose work demonstrates commitment, creativity and excellence in their respective fields in the Fresno community.
This award is awarded to the business whose encouragement and patronage has helped broaden the interest and support of the arts in the Fresno community.
Recognition is given to an individual whose dedication, service and involvement have contributed to the enhancement and prosperity of the arts in the Fresno community.
The Ella Odorfer Educator award is given to an arts educator in recognition for contributions made in the classroom and the community to promote growth and enrichment in the educational system through the arts.
This award is designed to recognize exemplary contributions made in behalf of the advancement of the arts in the Fresno community by an individual, a business or an organization.
In an effort to acknowledge and encourage the younger talents within the Fresno community, this award is bestowed upon a young artist, or group who has demonstrated a high degree of talent and promise in any of the art disciplines.
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Horizon Nomination Form

Nominations must be submitted to the Fresno Arts Council by Friday, June 28, 2013.
Return to:
Fresno Arts Council
1245 Van Ness Ave.
Fresno, CA  93721
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Please join us in this celebration of excellence.
The recipients will be honored during our 28th Annual Horizon Awards ceremony on Thursday, August 15, 2013,
5:30-9:00 p.m.
Fresno Art Museum
2233 North First Street
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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Fw: Three Friends

Date: Sun, 16 Jun 2013 19:13:23 -0700 (PDT)
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Subject: Three Friends

Copyright 2008 Paul Calkins

Three Friends

F stop 11 Exposure 1/125 second ISO 400

Kodak 120 Tmax



Another exciting week, still working on the class!  By the end of the week will be in Los Angles, will see new adventures that brings.


Photographic Thoughts

Volume II


June 17, 2013


Three Friends


By Paul Calkins © 2013


 I noted on this June day that I could almost make out the Sierra Nevada to the east and the coast range to the west as I traveled down Old Highway 99.  I thought to myself, not bad for June.  The normal smog based haze had seemed to give a pause from its normal state.  I was out taking a few stock photographs on one of my many projects, in this case bracketing.  In photography, bracketing is the general technique of taking several shots of the same subject using different camera settings.  I looked at the distant haze; it brought me back to the reality that I might be looking at a large wild land fire.  I looked again, but it did not have those characteristics.  That look brought me back to a meeting in the late 1990's dealing with the environmental and emergency response. This was a very serious topic to be sure.  Environmental issues now started appearing on my response checklist.  It was during one of these meetings I was startled to see "silver-only" hazardous wastes are to be regulated…If you were a photographer, this would impact you.   

It was also at this time, that I became aware of the first digital camera's coming onto the market.  We constantly had to deal getting accurate damage assessments to headquarters.  The new digital camera looked like it would fill a timely need.  I forwarded up a request for such an instrument to management.  There was absolutely no response.  I reasoned that such a request was just too novel for the state purchasing bureaucracy.  When I did get a reply, it was of the nature "get a regular camera."  That was it. 

What I did not count on was that in California, environmental regulators would be sending me a digital camera soon enough.  The regulators, through actions against the chemicals used in photography would hasten the development and marketing of digital cameras.  By 2005 I would have my first professional digital camera, and the state would soon be supplying us with refurbished Kodak digitals.  I leave you this week with a black and white photograph of three friends meeting at the fountain in front of the City Hall in downtown Fresno, California.  This shot is one of the few, as time goes on, to result from processed film.

I hope all the dads out there, especially those serving our country, have a happy and peaceful Fathers Day. 


Thanks for listening.  

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Fw: Red Eye

Date: Sun, 9 Jun 2013 18:21:31 -0700 (PDT)
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Subject: Red Eye

Copyright 2013 Paul Calkins

Tres in Sepia

F stop 4.9 Exposure 1/30 second ISO 800 focal length 16 mm

Flash disabled


Hope all is well.  I am continuing to work on the class presentation.  Marilyn has been my best critic!  

We hosted Daizsa and Kawanii  Saturday night.  Kawanii was a babe in arms when I did the Cybersub Cafe show.  He is now a very confident 4th grader, and Daizsa is now Junior in High School.  The time has gone by to fast! 

Photographic Thoughts

Volume II


June 10, 2013


Red Eye


By Paul Calkins © 2013


Red Eye is one of those things that you ponder when you are at the family gathering, and take a photograph.  You are startled to find that your family members have become beings from the planet Zombie.  Their eyes glow like flashlights peering in a startled fashion.  Delete, is your next act in this case. 

The cause of this startling effect, involves the speed of light, and the fact that our eyes are full of blood vessels. Also our reaction time is a whole lot slower than light speed.

The flash enters the eye, bounces back, reddened, and the camera sensor dutifully records the image.

Luckily for us, those very smart and enterprising electrical, optical, design, and software engineers have thought this one out.  Some cameras have been designed to pre-flash the subject, just before the main flash does its work.  It gives those family members eyes a split second to adjust, and close their iris just a bit to give a more human look. 

Now let's go one step further, if you want to photograph your favorite pet, let's say a house cat.  This animal has a super inner eye reflective system.  I mean Felis catus has built in reflectors, they can see just fine in almost total darkness.  You go and try to catch kitty, by now looking very wild, because of your attempts to get its attention, and then you snap the photograph.  After several tries, you lure the light shocked cat from under the coffee table and attempt to capture the essence of its spirit.  In this case you decide to turn the offending flash off completely. Oh!  I forgot in this case that I left the camera in Sepia mode from a previous project.

I should have checked my camera, and made sure all the default settings were in place. Happy accidents sometimes produce wonderful results.   


Thanks for listening.